Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

5 - Image of India in Akugatawa Ryunosuke’s Majutsu, Aguni no kami and Tanizaki Junichiro’s Hassan kan no yojutsu: A Critical Survey

Friday, July 6
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Gulmohar, First Floor

Akutagawa Ryunosuke has portrayed Indian characters in his few major works. Aguni no Kami and Majutsu are two stories with mystic Indian characters which share common characteristics such as; both are ‘black’ and possess magical power. In case of Majutsu,Hassan Khan, one of the characters, has been described as a Brahmin by religion who taught magic to Matiram Mishra, another Indian character in the same story. It is not possible for ‘HassanKhan’ to be a Hindu Brahmin’s name. The character of ‘Hassan Khan’ and ‘Matiram Mishra’were first used in Tanizaki Junichiro’s short story Hassan kan no yojutsu from where Akutagwa is believed to have borrowed the names. This paper attempts to examine the peculiar description of Indian characters in Akutagawa’s selected stories. Also, the objective is to highlight the sources which provided the basis to the portrayal of India in Tanizaki Junichiro’s Hassan kan no yojutsuand to investigate the relevance and motivation in Akutagawa’s adaptation of the same Indian characters in his work Majutsu.

Pankaj Kumar

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

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